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With a population of nearly 180,000, Cape Coral is the 11th largest city in Florida. It is also the largest city between Tampa and Miami, and a principal city in the Cape Coral – Fort Myers, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. Thanks to the city’s size and status, aspiring nurses can expect a thriving healthcare industry rife with opportunity.

The city is home to more than 10,000 nurses working in all roles. The most common roles are registered nurse (RN), licensed practical nurse (LPN), and certified nursing assistant (CNA).

Bradenton, Florida,is part of the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton metropolitan area, which is home to approximately 5,930 registered nurses (RNs), 1,880 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and 4,960 certified nursing assistants (CNAs). RNs in the area typically hold an associate degree in nursing (ADN), a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) or a master of science in nursing (MSN). A license is required in all states. BSN and MSN programs are offered at local nursing schools such as State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota and Keiser University.

A rewarding career in nursing in Altamonte Springs, Florida, begins with a degree from an accredited nursing school. Fortunately, the city of around 43,500 inhabitants is home to a number of accredited schools that offer nursing programs at all levels. For example, Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology has more than a dozen nursing programs at the certificate, diploma, associate’s and bachelor’s levels. A bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), practical nursing (LPN) diploma, and associate of science in nursing (ASN) are just a few offerings.

Nursing Schools Almanac is excited to announce that Jillian Roberts is the third annual recipient of the $1,000 Aspiring Nurse Scholarship. Jillian recently graduated from Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia. She is currently pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree at the University of Virginia, where she is a member of the Class of 2021.

Florida’s robust nursing workforce consists of more than 300,000 professionals. The vast majority of nurses fill one of four roles: certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), or nurse practitioner (NP). Thousands of these healthcare professionals work in the West Palm Beach metropolitan area, and many completed their education at a local school. West Palm Beach has a number of highly regarded nursing schools, including Palm Beach Atlantic University, the Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations, and Keiser University’s flagship campus.

The small charming city of Yakima, Washington, has a large population of nurses. This metropolitan area of fewer than 250,000 residents is home to 1,470 registered nurses (RNs), 330 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and 960 certified nursing assistants (CNAs). They work at a broad range of local hospitals and healthcare providers, such as Virginia Mason Memorial, Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center, Kittitas Valley Healthcare, and Sunnyside Community Hospital.